Senior Web Designer Salary (United States)

The average Senior Web Designer in the United States earns approximately $65,386 per year. Compensation generally starts at $43,202 and does not exceed $95,131 per year. Incomes of Senior Web Designers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $9,784 cause pay checks to spread between $43,202 on the low end and $95,131 on the high end. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Senior Web Designer Salary (?
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$43,986 - $89,334
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $64,763
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Senior Web Designer Salary (?
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$16.56 - $61.53
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$43,986 - $89,334  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,784  
Profit Sharing
$976 - $9,826  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,202 - $95,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 838
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.56 - $61.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$26.33 - $58.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,784  
   
Profit Sharing
$976 - $9,826  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,202 - $95,131  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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Job Description for Senior Web Designer

A senior web designer is responsible for designing and implementing websites for one or more companies. Depending on the size and structure of their firm, the "senior" designation may refer to either how long they have been employed by their firm or their position relative to other designers; a senior web designer may be a leader for a team of designers as well.
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Senior Web Designer Tasks
  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.

Common Career Paths for Senior Web Designer

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Senior Web Designers usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Creative Director may bring in a lot more money—an additional $15,347 annually. Career advancement for Senior Web Designers often leads to becoming Web Art Directors or User Interface Designer (Computer Software Applications)s, where they can earn $2,913 or $11,967 more per year.

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Popular Skills for Senior Web Designer

Survey respondents exploit a significant tool box of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Flash, User Interface Design, Design, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 19 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include MySQL, Dreamweaver, and HTML. Most people experienced in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) also know Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Web Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Salaries can reach $66K from $60K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $71K. After a couple decades on the job, Senior Web Designers see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $88K. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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$65,000
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With a pay rate for Senior Web Designers that is 34 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Also paying near the top of the field are Boston, Seattle, New York, and Washington, where Senior Web Designers annually earn 17 percent, 15 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent more than the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas.

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Experience Affects Senior Web Designer Salaries

National Average
$65,000

Skills That Affect Senior Web Designer Salaries

Flash
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Design
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JavaScript
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Microsoft Word
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Graphic Design
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Adobe Photoshop
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Web Design
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Web Development
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National Average
$65,000
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
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HTML
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PHP
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Dreamweaver
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MySQL
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%